Recipe | Blueberry Kale Pops from Kale: The Complete Guide to the World’s Most Powerful Superfood

Blueberry Kale Pops

I never really liked milk. Just like with meat, my mom used to always struggle to get me to drink it every night at dinner. For a while, Chocolate Quik did the trick–I’d stir a few heaping tablespoons into my glass and happily drink it because it tasted more like chocolate than like milk. And then, I moved onto Banana Quik, the most delicious powdered drink mix to ever grace our dinner table. (When I Googled it for this post to make sure I wasn’t misremembering the brand name, I found a petition to bring back Banana Quik–this is democracy in action, people.) But when I reached my pre-teen years, I decided to stop drinking milk altogether. This made my mom freak out because now, not only did I not eat meat, but I didn’t drink milk either. I would stunt my growth! Terrible things would happen! So she started making pudding.

Lots of pudding.

This worked out quite well for me. Instead of having to drink milk, I had to eat my pudding. That? I could do. I was happy because: pudding. My mom was happy because I was getting my milk. It was a win-win situation.

So the whole tricking-kids-into-eating-things-they-hate thing is clearly nothing new, but it sure is popular lately, isn’t it? There are websites and cookbooks all about how to sneak veggies into foods that kids love, like mac & cheese and popsicles. And it’s not just for kids either–isn’t throwing a handful of spinach into a smoothie the adult equivalent of sneaky food?

Kale: The Complete Guide to the World's Most Powerful Superfood
Personally, I love kale, but I know a lot of people are put off by it. These Blueberry Kale Pops from Kale: The Complete Guide to the World’s Most Powerful Superfood are a sneaky way to incorporate kale into a tasty frozen treat. Now, if you know there’s kale in them, I think you can detect the flavor–just a hint of it, though, kind of like when you make a green smoothie. But if you didn’t know that before trying them, you’d never suspect it. The secret is to use baby kale leaves, which are a bit milder than their full-grown counterpart.

As you might suspect based on the title, Kale is full of kale recipes, both sneaky and not-so-sneaky. From Kale Brownies to Kale Quinoa Salad, this is the book for all things kale. In addition to this recipe, I also tried the Kale and Spinach Dip tossed with pasta, which was garlicky and delicious. The book isn’t vegetarian, but many of the recipes are. And some of the non-vegetarian recipes are easily adaptable too. (Chorizo Kale Hash Browns, I’m looking at you!)

Oh hey, do you want a copy of Kale too? I just happen to be giving one away over on the Oh My Veggies Marketplace this month. So go enter!

Blueberry Kale Pops

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 4-6 pops

Blueberry Kale Pops

These tasty popsicles are a sneaky way to get kids to eat kale. Reprinted from Kale: The Complete Guide to the World's Most Powerful Superfood by Stephanie Pedersen.

Ingredients

  • 1 c. frozen blueberries
  • 1 c. baby kale leaves
  • 2 c. organic purple grape juice

Instructions

  1. In a food processor or high-powered blender (such as VitaMix or Blendtec), blend all ingredients until perfectly liquefied.
  2. Pour into ice pops molds or ice cube molds (I used a Zoku).
  3. Freeze until solid.
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Comments

  1. says

    I LOVE this idea! I make a lot of green smoothies and try to convince people that you really can’t taste the green past all of the other great flavors! I need to make these! I love kale too!

  2. Angie says

    I am growing Kale and want to somehow freeze for winter. Any suggestions? Should I puree for smoothies?

  3. Ivy says

    I love blueberries. I love kale too. They are both wonderful food. I never imagined putting the two together though. I will try when I have a chance. Where can I get baby kale? The ones I see in the supermarkets and in the farmers’ market are already mature. I am not sure where organic purple grape juice is sold either. It is been a long time for me not eating ice lollies. I miss the ones I had at home.

    • Kiersten Frase says

      You can just use regular grape juice–the book the recipe is republished from called for organic, but non-organic will work just fine. :) As for the baby kale, I found it sold in the refrigerated case with bagged salad greens and spinach.

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